Today I am going to share a sample from Day Ten where we are asked to fast from avoidance. Here is how she frames this fast:
The unknown triggers different reactions in different hearts and exposes our soul's own defaults. Ambiguity reveals where we instinctively go to feel the illusion of security.She draws this discussion from James and John talking to Jesus about how he needs to tone down the talk about crucifixion. She asserts that they don't know how to deal with the mixed messages around them so they'll take control (sounds familiar).
To change our defaults we must first address our theology of uncertainty. And to address our theology of uncertainty, we must first befriend mystery.To help us understand mystery she pulls the following quote:
Today I also was catching up on old podcasts and listened to the Schole' Sisters podcast about teaching the Bible. It starts with a discussion of synthetic versus analytic thinking. I am still blown away that Mason thought that the first 15 years should basically be synthetic thinking. I see her point. I wonder how to keep the mystery in a culture that wants to dispel all mystery as soon as possible. I was trained to be a great analytic thinker.
The podcast also talks about the role of poetry in teaching scripture. Have you ever considered poetry as key to reflective reading of Scripture?? I didn't realize that Charlotte Mason's series Saviour of the World is actually a series of poems to help students reflect on the Gospel. Now I am fascinated by the concept. Poetry keeps the mystery in a way that prose just can't. Maybe that's why so many of us know so little about it - we can't handle the mystery.
Now I am thinking about adding more poetry to our lives. Maybe I should actually read the poetry books I have collected. I don't like mystery and ambiguity; but, I need to stop avoiding it and embrace it - just like the devotion encourages me to do.
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